NALBARI, Aug 25 - As part of the Parthenium Control Week from August 16 to 22, a parthenium control programme was organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Moiradanga village in Nalbari district on Thursday.
The programme was attended by Dr Mridul Deka, head of Nalbari’s KVK, Dr Arfan Ali, scientist of animal science and Dr Manasi Chakravorty, soil scientist and Nasima Farhana Ali, scientist of community science of the institute.
In the meeting, Dr Deka delivered a lecture on harmful affects and control measures for parthenium eradication. Parthenium hysterophorus, which is native to Mexico, was first noticed in Pune in 1955. The weed has the potential to produce 1,54,000 seeds/m2. To cite a few harmful affects of parthenium caused by spores are dermatitis, asthma, naso-dermal and naso-bronchial types of diseases.
Dr Chakravarty in her address spoke about the characteristics and toxin, besides spores production of parthenium and its deleterious affects in reducing the production of cultivated crops.
Speaking on the topic, Dr Ali talked on the toxicological concerns and hypersensitivity inflicted particularly in grazing livestock.
Similarly, Nasima Farhana Ahmed apprised the participants on the strategies to control and eradicate parthenium from the land.
The programme was attended by 35 participants comprising extension personnel, farmers and farm women. There was spontaneous feedback from the attendants after getting exposure to the new knowledge.The programme helped to generate awareness about parthenium weed and its control.